The GEO BON Secretariat is happy to officially announce the establishment of the Americas Biodiversity Observation Network (Americas-BON), which was endorsed by the GEO BON Implementation Committee at its last in-person meeting in July 2019.
The Americas-BON becomes the third Regional BON of the network, together with the Arctic BON and Asia-Pacific BON. Its goal will be to improve the availability of biodiversity data in the Americas, their alignment between national and global efforts, as well as their timely delivery to decision makers and scientists. Today, the Americas BON already counts 119 independent organisations, with governmental agencies, universities and non-governmental organisations, spanning from Patagonia to Alaska. The Americas BON will be coordinated by NatureServe, a U.S. based nonprofit with more than 40 years of experience monitoring biodiversity throughout the Western Hemisphere and harmonising biodiversity data for its use in public policy. More organisations and members will be invited to join this effort in the near future. Stay tune, more information will be shared on the GEO BON Website soon!
In the meantime, we welcome the Americas BON as a strategic partner of GEO BON and are looking forward to continue our joint efforts to measure the pulse of the planet!
Miguel Fernández (Miguel_Fernandez[at]natureserve.org)
Director, Latin America and the Caribbean Programs, NatureServe